Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES


Wired & Wireless Network

Challenge:

A Central New York BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services) providing the Herkimer and surrounding 10 component districts with programs and services had an aged, decentralized wired network and unmanaged wireless network across its three campuses.  The environment serves nearly 2000 users including students and staff.  Capacity for expansion, upgrades, security, and newly proposed services including an advanced teaching platform requiring wireless needed to be factored in to the new solution.  The solution(s) needed to further the clients’ mission of providing quality, innovative educational services and experiences for students, schools, and the community at large.

Solution:

After a thorough evaluation of the existing environment, M.A. Polce Consulting, Inc. identified specific capacity, routing and security requirements in the datacenter and wiring closets in all three locations for the wired network, and PoE (Power over Ethernet) port capacity for the wireless infrastructure.

M.A. Polce architected a complete Cisco solution.  This solution included a core designed to replace all of the aged switches in the datacenter and consolidate connectivity into a high speed, high bandwidth, redundant, and routed core with both standard and PoE port capabilities.  All wiring closet uplinks were re-terminated directly into the core in the primary location and all routes between the three BOCES locations were reconfigured.  A dedicated, high capacity wireless LAN controller (WLC) and dedicated PoE switching for all new AP’s were configured and deployed.  The WLC, located in the primary datacenter, was configured to control WLAN’s at all three locations and provide secure 802.1x authentication for BOCES owned devices and a tiered guest access solution for visiting vendors, staff, and students supporting a BYOD deployment model.

Business Outcome:

The client experienced a significant decrease in management overhead and time to deploy network resources.  1GB speeds are now guaranteed to the desktop and there is increased capacity in all closets and the datacenter.  A uniform, meshed wireless solution with 100% coverage in all buildings provides uninterrupted access for all users with mobile devices.  The IT staff now has complete control over a more secure, managed infrastructure and can now generate metrics, deliver services, and predict capacity and future needs with built in analysis and reporting mechanisms.  Intermittent outages are no longer an issue and administrators are able to quickly identify, diagnose, and remediate issues and threats.